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Just like previous mega-sports events in the past (such as the 2008 Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Games and the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa), the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games provide a unique opportunity for the United Nations and their partners to communicate on the positive role of sport and to carry out activities in order to advance their humanitarian, development and peace-building objectives.

Present in London is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Carrying the Olympic Torch in the final leg journey in the UK and attending the Opening Ceremony are among the highlights of his activities in London.

Several other UN officials are also present in London, including Mr. Ban's Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace Wilfried Lemke, UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner, UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres and UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov.

UN entities involved in projects and activities around the Games include ILO, UNHCR, UNICEF, UNEP, UNAIDS, UNESCO, UNODC, WFP and WHO.

Here you will find plenty of information, news, photos and videos about the UN's involvement in and around the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

  "Today, sports and events such as the Olympic and Paralympic Games break down barriers by bringing together people from all around the world and all walks of life."

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in an Olympic Truce
message ahead of London Games

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